THE BIG TOP!

Good morning everyone!  Soooooo, how would you all like to see the final birdhouse in the set I’ve been making?

This one is fun, colorful, and chaotic…kinda like a certain son of mine.  Which is perfect because this one was done for him.  I used Graphic 45’s “Le Cirque” line and highlighted it with some black pom-pom trim by Simplicity and the funky silver trim from Webster’s “Trendsetter” line.  Pure perfection!  As with the previous three houses, I painted the house to coordinate with the papers I chose.  What better way to accent the circus papers than with a birdhouse painted like a big top tent??!!

I’m sorry for the weird photo.  I REALLY need to make a more “professional” looking backdrop.  And now for the fun part:  DETAILS PICS!

This little doozy had a metric crap load of fussy cutting and honestly, this one didn’t come together as easily as the other 3.  Once I got an idea of how I wanted it to look and I got into my rhythm and groove, it just flowed out.  Not to mention, a little Metallica, Rise Against, and Godsmack in the background works wonders for me.

This is a close up of the front.  I really wanted this side to be the most fun and the busiest.  Of course, I just had to use the ringmaster and the high wire walker!  They are the “signature” figures in this line.  To add some dimension, because we all know how much I love me some dimension and texture, I pop-dotted them to the face of the birdhouse.  To continue with the fun circus theme, I punched the trim using Martha Stewart’s “Lattice” punch and added the fussy cut clowns.

The sides of the house are done up to show some of the acts usually involved in circuses; performing animals, stunts, and acrobats.  I continued the clowns along the border for the front 3 sides.  I would’ve loved to to use them all the way around, but I didn’t have enough!

The lion tamer side is one of my favorites.  I had two sheets of this paper so I cut the tamer out of one and pop-dotted him.  Then I cut the lion out of the second sheet (the two overlap each other so it was impossible to cut one out and not cut a chunk out of the other) and stuck his furry butt right to the birdhouse.  It gives the illusion of the lion coming toward the tamer.

For the other two sides that I didn’t do “scenes” on, I decided to use them as posterboards.  I cut out two of the classic posters and stuck ’em to the sides.  The posters are so vivid, that they didn’t need any other embellishment.

And now for the set all together, in one big mix-matched family.  Wow….sounds kind of familiar…

I TOTALLY loved doing these li’l baddies up.  And I’m not done!  I have gotten a couple requests for these from friends!  I love it!

Thank you all for following me along this not-so-big venture into altered art, Graphic 45, just plain ol’ stinkin’ creative fun!

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